Basic Tomato Sauce

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Basic Tomato Sauce

Basic Tomato Sauce

This simple but intensely flavored sauce can be used in many Italian recipes. Make a large batch and freeze in small containers for quick reheating.

Serves 5

Prep Time 15 min

Total Time 60 min.


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper
  • 2 28-ounce c diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Cooking Directions

Step 1

Heat oil in a large heavy pan or Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook for 30 to 60 seconds. Add tomatoes, tomato paste and oregano; mash with a potato masher. Bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, over low heat, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes cook down to a thick mass, 45 to 55 minutes. Season with pepper.